Day 11 at the Pan Am Games will be highlighted by the start of athletics competition — including Canada's Andre De Grasse in the 100 metres and Elizabeth Gleadle in javelin — as well as Ian Millar and Eric Lamaze in equestrian and the start of the much-anticipated men's basketball tournament.
Here's what you need to know for today:
1. De Grasse gets going
During the men's 100m heats, all eyes will be on Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., considered by many to be the future of Canadian track. The 20-year-old has run under 10 seconds three times this year, including his victory in the NCAA championships, and he should be a force to be reckoned with at the Pan Ams.
Meanwhile, Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, who won bronze in the men's pole vault at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will aim to reach the podium on Tuesday. Vancouver's Elizabeth Gleadle, who holds the Canadian women's record in javelin, will also throw for gold. Canada will have contenders all day long as medals are awarded in the women's 100m hurdles, men's 10,000m, women's hammer throw, men's 3,000m steeplechase, men's shot put, women's triple jump, men's pole vault, women's 5,000m and women's javelin.
2. Men's basketball begins
Tuesday marks the beginning of the men's basketball tournament, perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the Pan Ams. Canada will begin the quest for a medal with an opening-game tilt against the Dominican Republic. Anthony Bennett of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the first overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, headlines a young squad which will try to become the first Canadian men's basketball team to medal at a Pan Am Games.
The team also features Sim Bhullar and Andrew Nicholson, who are members of NBA organizations as well. Jamal Murray, who will play for Kentucky in the NCAA this season after being a top recruit, will also get a strong taste of international basketball. The Pan Am tournament will serve as preparation for the Olympic qualifier, which takes place in Edmonton in August. Canada's tilt with the Dominican Republic begins at 6 p.m. ET at the Ryerson Athletic Centre.
3. Millar jumping for gold
Ian Millar will start his quest for his 10th and 11th Pan Am medals Tuesday, when the show jumping individual and team qualification events begin in equestrian. The 68-year-old, who won a silver medal in the team event at the Beijing Olympics, has won three gold medals in his Pam Am career, going back to 1987.
Millar will be joined by Eric Lamaze (winner of three Pan Am medals, and a gold in the individual event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics), Tiffany Foster and Yann Candele in the team qualification for Canada, which begins following the individual qualification. Canada's team will be competing against each other in the individual jumping event, which begins at 2 p.m. ET. The action will take place at Caledon Equestrian Park.Suggest a correction